It was the first week of July when I stumbled upon an article saying that one of the University of the Philippines’ most popular eateries was going to close. Apparently after around 30 years in business beside the Main Library, Beach House Canteen was being evicted because they were too close to the drainage, making it unsafe for the students to eat there. Okay, but after decades?! I never heard of anyone die from their delicious barbecue (with red egg on the side hehe). I used to frequent Beach House when I was a college freshman in the university, incidentally exactly 20 years ago, and I just couldn’t bear not eating there again one last time. I thought it was also a good opportunity to have their first field trip for homeschool — let the girls see U.P. and start brainwashing them about THEIR future university (insert evil laugh here).

Thank God that I read the article I think on a Friday, King’s rest day was (always is) on a Monday, and the canteen was closing on Wednesday. The timing was perfect. We left home around 10 on July 7, and got to U.P. just in time for lunch. There was a line at Beach House, which I thought was usual, but after ten minutes of no movement, I started to wonder. I thought it was because there were too many customers and they were just trying to catch up on cooking, but after 30 minutes of waiting, we got a confirmation that they were out of their famous barbecue — the very thing I went there for! Apparently many people were buying barbecues by the dozen to bring home, as opposed to them just buying a couple for their lunch. Bummer.

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the long line πŸ™‚

sunken garden! it was muddy due to light rain, so a picture with it as background was as far as we could go. :)

sunken garden! it was muddy due to light rain, so a picture with it as background was as far as we could go. πŸ™‚ beach house is between the main lib and sunken garden. πŸ™‚

we were hoping to be able to eat soon on this table. at least i had a seat while waiting. :)

we were hoping to be able to eat soon on this table. at least i had a seat while waiting. πŸ™‚

outside the library :)

outside the library πŸ™‚

I didn’t get my Beach House fix, but I had also been telling King for the longest time to take me to Rodic’s so I could eat their yummy Tapsilog (beef flakes, fried rice, and egg). We passed by the library first, and the kind guard let us step inside the lobby for a quick look. The girls were amazed at its size. They actually wanted to read some books, like they would in Fully Booked haha. Danae even told me that I should have brought my ID so we could get further in.

Then off we went to the Shopping Center, where Rodic’s is (and has been for the last 60 years I’m guessing?). The girls got a taste of souvenir shopping in SC (too bad there were no kiddie shirts) and they got to use their bathroom haha, which they weren’t too thrilled about.

 

:)

since 1949 πŸ™‚

my tapsilog! :)

my tapsilog! with red egg & tomatoes on the side πŸ™‚

We visited the Alumni Center next. I wanted to check if the old bowling alley was still there because bowling was a Phys Ed class I took during one summer, and to my surprise it still was! Duck pins, manual system, no air conditioner, and way inexpensive — old school. We decided to let the girls play one game. It was their first time to play duck pins. I don’t think there are any more duck pin bowling alleys around, so it was a treat. πŸ™‚

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check out the rates :)

check out the rates. we paid Php 36. πŸ™‚

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no socks or shoes necessary πŸ™‚

we taught noelle this technique hehe :)

we taught noelle this technique hehe πŸ™‚

balls are manually rolled back haha :)

balls are manually rolled back haha πŸ™‚

Danae was interested in other P.E. subjects like archery, so we tried to see if there were any activities in the gym that day. They looked like they were renovating the place, but the girls were able to play outside. It looked like a playground but I bet it’s for one of the P.E. subjects, like maybe fitness or weight lifting or the like. Hey, U.P. has Stretching for P.E. so it’s not far-fetched. πŸ™‚

across the gym :)

across the gym πŸ™‚

they did this before it started to pour :)

they did this before it started to pour πŸ™‚

Our last stop was the oblation statue, in front of the administration building called Quezon Hall, but we also passed by AS (arts & sciences/Palma Hall) and my college building Alfonso Hall (college of Home Economics). My favorite part of my college was what they used to call CDC or Child Development Center, if I’m not mistaken, because that’s where the pre-schoolers are. Yes, even then, I was fond of kids. Too bad I didn’t finish my course though (Family Life & Child Development), and didn’t get my degree in U.P.

Oblation. Model: Fernando Poe, Sr.

Oblation. Model: Fernando Poe, Sr.

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AS steps. I don’t know if it’s still the same but all the “rich kids” used to hang here or in the lobby.

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my college πŸ™‚

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I don’t know if they changed the name or if it was always this, but I knew it as CDC. We would observe pre-schoolers there. So cute. πŸ™‚

love the trees :)

love the trees πŸ™‚

I love the University of the Philippines-Diliman. I love the campus and I have fond memories there. I am excited to see if this is where my children will end up after high school. We are open to other universities (well, maybe a little haha) where they will get the best education for whatever course they will take. As of now, Danae already says U.P. will be her school. Music to my ears, haha. But King and I are committed to support our children and encourage them towards their God-given destinies, wherever or whatever that may be. Easier said than done, and I thank God we still have a decade to prepare. πŸ™‚

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About Phoebe Torres-Lucero

I am Phoebe Torres-Lucero, wife of a loving husband & dedicated pastor, King, and mother to three wonderful, smart, active little girls, Danae, Noelle and Gianna. Phoebe means bright and radiant. Torres means towers. Lucero means light. Put together, my name speaks of a tower of bright, radiant light. And that is what I hope to be as I write and share with you some of my experiences, especially on being a mom.

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  1. I also want to bring the boys to DLSU-D but not necessarily to show them to their possibly future university, though my class had produced three respected tv broadcasters for the top 3 networks in the country (may third pala? hahahaha). I want to show them around because it’s become a really nice place now…and I would really love for them to see the library from across the lake which was my favorite view back then. πŸ™‚

    I don’t think I’ll bring them to st. paul though where I took most of my majors. there’s no possibility there for them, hehehehe.

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